“Ordinary Grace” Engaging

William Kent Krueger’s Ordinary Grace opens with two interesting events – a phone call in the middle of the night, introducing the main characters of the novel, and a mysterious death.  It is the beginning of a series of deaths plaguing this small, 1960’s Minnesota town.

Thirteen-year-old Frank and his younger brother Jake team up to investigate the mysterious happenings.  Their exploits – defying adult instructions – uncover more than the boys have anticipated, and they are forced to consider tough issues.

Rich Orlow lends his voice to the audio version of Ordinary Grace.  His interpretations of Frank’s attitude, Jake’s stutter, and the other characters are effective and bring the story to life.

Kent Krueger is a skilled writer, creating sympathetic characters and engaging the reader’s interest with twists and cliff hangers.  Appropriate for a young adult audience, this novel is also appealing to adults.  His depiction of early ’60’s North American life reminded me of my own childhood – and the issues society dealt with at the time.

Advertisements

Posted by

Writer, avid reader, former educator, and proud grandmother, currently experiencing life through the lens of ME/CFS. Words are, and always have been, a lifeline. Some of the best adventures, I'm discovering, take place in the imagination.

Add a thought...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s